October offers both hunting and fishing
IRON MOUNTAIN — Archery deer season opened Thursday in Michigan and will run through Jan. 1, with a break for the firearm deer hunt Nov. 15-30.
In the Upper Peninsula, hunters now can take an antlerless deer either with a deer or deer combo license during the archery season, except in deer management units 027, 031, 036, 042, 066, 127 and 131.
The black bear season continues through late October. At Midtown Bait & Tackle in Channing, Bob Kennard has registered 19 bruins so far, the biggest about 375 pounds.
Fishing has been good for walleye at lower Peavy Pond, Kennard said, and bluegill action has been excellent throughout the area.
To target walleye, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggested fishing the river mouth areas of larger, inland lakes, where baitfish tend to gather this time of year. The recommended depth is 10 to 12 feet.
The Wisconsin DNR said perch still were being caught in the Peshtigo River in Marinette County but in lower numbers than previous weeks.
The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:
— Keweenaw Bay: Fishing has been difficult over the past week. A little bit of everything is being caught, but no significant numbers. Anglers are marking lots of fish but had few hits. Those caught were full of small baitfish, which seems to be hindering the bite.
— Marquette: Had slow fishing, with very few caught. Rain has caused higher water levels and poor water clarity with small debris. Boats trolling from the Lower Harbor to the mouth of the Chocolay River had poor catch rates, with only a couple coho taken. Fishing pressure on the Carp and Chocolay rivers dropped due to poor catch rates. A few pink salmon were reported in the Dead River, but anglers had no luck.
— Little Bay de Noc: Walleye catches were up for those fishing the reefs off Kipling. Best catches were in 16 to 30 feet with a crawler harness or stick baits. A few fish were caught down near the Ford River in 14 to 20 feet. Good perch fishing in Kipling and north to Strawberry Island with crawlers in 8 to 14 feet. A couple anglers were targeting salmon up near the dam on the Escanaba River.
— Manistique River: Seems to have a good number of Chinook. Boat anglers did best up near the high dam overflow and rapids. Many are anchored and casting crankbaits or spawn. Shore anglers did best between the 94-Bridge and the dam when casting spawn or J-plugs.
— Munising: Has major road construction at both the east and west ends of town. Traffic has been backed up with only one lane open. Those targeting coho in the bay did not have much luck. Water levels are up due to heavy rain. Shore anglers on the Anna River dock had very little action, with only a few small splake or odd coho caught.
— Detour: Steelhead were caught 2 miles south of the Detour Reef and lighthouse when trolling red and white spin-glo’s behind flashers over the 90-foot flat.
— Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike action in Snows Channel and around Dollar Island when trolling a split body crankbait. Good colors were fire-tiger and chartreuse. A few catches of yellow perch were reported off the boat launch on Park Avenue.
— Nunn’s Creek: Anglers caught limits of smaller Chinook salmon on occasion when casting spoons and crankbaits or when drifting spawn, skein and flies.